The Inbred 26 – Surly ECR crossbred

The Inbred 26 – Surly ECR crossbred

Riding one bike; I really planned doing this. The Trek Multitrack I own can take big tyres as well as a drop bar and I was going to use it for my daily commute to work as well as the odd bike trip off road. But then a wild On One Inbred frame appeared on ebay, and I had to have it. The frame set was a bargain, never ridden and half the price of a new set. I found…

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Finally, a place to hire bikes in Aberystwyth!

Finally, a place to hire bikes in Aberystwyth!

In the beginning of this year, I changed the flat and populated Netherlands for rugged and deserted Wales. And moving to Aberystwyth (West Wales) I noticed an absence of a bike rental. I could not figure out why. The region is popular with tourists and perfect for off-road and on-road cycling. So, filling the gap myself, I started a small bike rental company in Aberystwyth. And I am very happy to say; I am open for business! Please go to…

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A hike around Craig Y Pistyll

A hike around Craig Y Pistyll

  I did not post much on my website the past months. The reason is I just moved to Wales, and this took more attention than anticipated (I did foresee it would take more time than anticipated, though). I now live close to Aberystwyth and this is a gorgeous area for cycling and hiking! The first hike I did took me around Craig Y Pistyll and can be reached from Bont Goch. I planned this route like I always plan…

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Why your bombproof touring bike costs exactly 594 euro

Why your bombproof touring bike costs exactly 594 euro

A new touring bike for your trip around the world has quite a price tag. You want something bombproof and the big (and small) bike brands make you believe only the best is good enough. What’s more, they probably try to trick you into choosing for the latest technologies. But these technologies become a problem when you are in a country that runs a bit late… bike-wise. In this post I will show your perfect touring bike will cost you…

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Civilizing the Trek Multitrack 750

Civilizing the Trek Multitrack 750

The bike I used on my big trip east was quite Spartan. No fenders, friction shifters front and back, make-shift bottle holders and big 47-622 Schwalbe Marathon Mondial tyres. It worked a treat, but is a bit overkill on the roads here in the Netherlands. Hence, time for a make-over. New parts The Dura Ace barcon shifters lost indexing halfway my big trip and worked well in the friction mode. But I had some Shimano lx triggershifters collecting dust so…

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The route

The route

The route I planned in advance turned out to be overly ambitious. It was March when I started, so basically still winter. The days were a bit short and cold. Combined with the lack of training that caused for a rather painful double knee injury. The injury forced me to skip the hilly route through the south of Serbia and Bulgaria, I opted for the flat Danube river route instead.

Europe

Europe

Edirne, April 19 I’ve been on the road now for a month and a week. Cycling from the Netherlands to, well in the direction of, China. It has been a great trip so far but I almost had to give up in week two and head home. But I’m still rolling!